Experience Summer in Banff
- July 23, 2021
The season of sunshine and warmth is here in Banff National Park.
With the restrictions surrounding Covid-19 slowly lifting and our reopening plan in full effect, we anticipate that we will once again have a strong Canadian summer. We at Charlton Resorts, would like to welcome you to Banff whether it be your first time or 50th. One of the best ways to experience Banff National Park this summer will be to plan ahead. It's also important to remember to be kind to one another as we are all trying to find our way to return to normal.
If you are entering Banff National Park, which includes the town of Banff, you will be required to purchase a park pass. This national park pass is sold by Parks Canada and helps with the conservation and maintenance of the National Park.
To purchase a park pass, visit the link below:
Banff Avenue is for Pedestrians
For the second year in a row, the main street in Banff has been turned into a pedestrian zone which allows for social distancing. The Banff Avenue pedestrian zone is vibrant with both outdoor patios and flowers. As there is still a mask bylaw in place, you will still be required to wear a mask while walking down Banff Avenue.
Parking in Banff
New this year, the town of Banff will be introducing paid parking to downtown Banff. We will be encouraging visitors to use the free 500-parking lot located next to the train station. The parking lot has very access to the highway and is only a 15 minute walk to downtown Banff.
Shuttle Service to Lake Louise & Moraine Lake
Both Lake Louise and Moraine Lake remain very popular locations during the summer months. With limited parking at both lakes, there is a significant problem with traffic congestion and sadly those who travel by car risk getting turned away.
There are thankfully alternatives to getting to the lakes:
- Shuttles operated by Parks Canada travel to both Lake Louise and Moraine Lake during the summer months. The shuttles depart the Park & Ride parking lot located just outside of the village of Lake Louise. New this year, these shuttles need to reserved in advance
- The town of Banff also provides it's public transit option offered by Roam which takes visitors from downtown Banff to Lake Louise.
New this year, Parks Canada has implemented paid parking at the Lake Louise parking lot. The shuttles operated by Parks Canada also require reservations in advance. Learn More Here.
With so many different activities in the Canadian Rockies, we want to make sure you take full advantage of your time here. A popular activity this year is bicycling. With the Bow Valley Parkway being closed once again to vehicle traffic, this gives you a great opportunity to get out into nature. You can enjoy our complimentary cruiser bikes to go along the river trails or out to the beautiful cascade ponds.
Take advantage of some of our packages this year,
- Picnic in the Park which includes a charcuterie style picnic
- Hikers Lunch which includes a boxed lunch so you can go exploring
We are ready to welcome visitors once again to our awesome mountains!
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“Wonderful stay in Banff....”
“This hotel is in a great location. It is about a 10 minute walk into the shopping area in Banff. There are sidewalks all the way. We had a lovely corner room - the hotel was a very quiet place to stay. The staff at every level were polite and accommodating. There is underground parking. Lots of good places to eat within walking distance. Definitely on my list of great places to stay in Banff!”- Kathy A.
“This is our fifth stay in this hotel over the last several years. We always enjoy our stay here. It’s nice and quiet and comfortable. We had a king size room with fireplace and it was great. One thing that we really enjoy about this hotel is there swimming pool hot tub and steam room. It is absolutely beautiful in their pool area. It’s one of the best ones we’ve been too. The food in the restaurant is also very good. We definitely will be back again next year. ”- Robert T.
“The rooms were so nice. We stayed at a very famous luxury hotel the night before and our room at the Royal Canadian Lodge was much nicer for less than half the price! I will definitely be staying here again!”- Bryce B.
“We'll be back!”
“Our first trip to Banff and we are so pleased we stayed at The Royal Canadian. Heated, covered parking with your window cleaned every morning is representative of the small touches that separate this from other places. Hot cocoa and cookies every night in the lobby were the perfect ending to busy days. With John at the front desk, Jakob and Dillon as concierges, Rachel and Amber as servers, you're in great hands. No question went unanswered, down to how the most excellent rolls were made in hous”- John C.
“Stayed 4 nights. Great hotel. Friendly staff. Apples and oranges out for guests to enjoy, also hot apple cider. Pool, hot tub and steam room very nice. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Rooms cheaper then Moose Hotel which is a basic 2*. Even with parking at $15 A night. Still cheaper. Pros - beds, sheets, towels- wonderful. Spacious room. Easy access to downtown and all sights. Concierge Jorden and Spencer were wonderful.”- Mingxue